MESSAGE OF THE SECRETARY DURING COMMEMORATION OF HIS ONE YEAR IN OFFICE

04 November 2019


MAGANDANG UMAGA SA INYONG LAHAT!

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 5, MARKS MY ONE YEAR IN TESDA SINCE I ASSUMED THE POST AS YOUR 12TH DIRECTOR GENERAL.  

MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY HAS BEEN MORE REMARKABLE WITH THE LAUNCHING OF TESDA APP AND THE SIGNING OF THE COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATION AGREEMENT. 

I AM GLAD THAT OUR FRIENDS FROM BIZOOKU PHILIPPINES INC. HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO JOIN US IN THIS CEREMONIAL LAUNCH OF THE TESDA APP.  WITH BIZOOKU’S SUPPORT, THE IDEA OF THE TESDA APP HAS FINALLY BEEN REALIZED.

THE TESDA APP IS NOT ONLY A PORTAL FOR 911TESDA BUT HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL INFORMATION DISSEMINATION TOOL FOR THE AGENCY.  THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE APP WAS AVAILABLE ONLY TO ANDROID USERS SINCE JULY, BUT WITH THE HELP OF TALENTED PEOPLE FROM TESDA AND BIZOOKU, IT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO THE IOS USERS AS WELL. SINCE JULY 2019, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DOWNLOADED 4,407 TIMES, AND WE ARE HOPING IT WILL DO JUST AS WELL IN THIS ADDITIONAL PLATFORM.
TODAY ALSO MARKS THE SIGNING OF THE COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN TESDA MANAGEMENT AND ACE EMPLOYEES UNION.  BE ASSURED THAT THE MANAGEMENT IS IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE EFFORTS THAT PRIORITIZES THE WELFARE OF THE EMPLOYEES. AS YOUR DIRECTOR GENERAL, I AM ALSO FOR INCENTIVES THAT REWARD AND PROMOTE MERITORIOUS AND EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE. I HOPE THIS CNA WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE COOPERATION AMONG THE ACE, THE MANAGEMENT, AND ALL THE TESDA EMPLOYEES.

DURING THE TURNOVER CEREMONY LAST YEAR, IN FRONT OF THE MANY TESDANS GATHERED INSIDE THE TESDA WOMEN’S CENTER, I PRONOUNCED EARLY ON THAT TESDA SHOULD EXTEND THE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT TO THE MOST FAR-FLUNG AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. I ALSO MADE MENTION OF TESDA ENTERING INTO MORE ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATION WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO ENSURE THAT OUR PROGRAMS ARE CASCADED AND CARRIED OUT TO THE FARTHEST CORNERS OF THE LAND.

THE PRONOUNCEMENTS I MADE DURING THAT DAY ARE NOW ENCAPSULATED IN OUR CURRENT GUIDING PRINCIPLE, “TESDA ABOT LAHAT.”

TESDA HAS BEEN TAPPED BY NO LESS THAN THE PRESIDENT, MAYOR RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE TO LEAD THE POVERTY REDUCTION, LIVELIHOOD, AND EMPLOYMENT CLUSTER (PRLEC).  I HAVE ALSO BEEN APPOINTED AS THE CABINET OFFICER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY OF REGION XII, IN MY CAPACITY AS TESDA SECRETARY. THIS IS IN CONSONANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 70, SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, WHICH PROVIDES THE BLUEPRINT OF THE WHOLE-OF-NATION-APPROACH IN ENDING THE LOCAL ARMED CONFLICT IN THE COUNTRY. 

THIS IS ATTUNED TO MY EARLIEST DIRECTIVE TO EXTEND OUR SERVICES TO THOSE IN THE LOWER STRATA OF SOCIETY, AND TO THE FAR-FLUNG AREAS OF OUR COUNTRY.  

THE PEOPLE SHOULD FIRST BE EMPOWERED AND BE GIVEN THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF SKILLS TRAINING FOR THEM TO LAND DECENT JOBS OR START THEIR LIVELIHOOD. 

TESDA IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE KNOWN AS THE ONE THAT TEACHES PEOPLE HOW TO FISH.  THIS MEANS THAT WE EQUIP OUR KABABAYAN THROUGH SKILLS TRAINING. TESDA NOW PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE TO ENSURE THAT NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND IN THE COUNTRY’S PURSUIT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND LASTING PEACE AND ORDER.

TESDA IS IN THE RIGHT POSITION TO FOSTER AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTRY BY PRIORITIZING SCHOLARSHIPS ON AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-RELATED SKILLS TRAINING. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE MINDSET OF THE PEOPLE TOWARDS AGRICULTURE BY SHOWING THEM THERE IS DIGNITY AND PROGRESS IN FARMING.  AND WE SHOULD START CHANGING THIS MINDSET AMONG OURSELVES. 

UNDER MY TIME, I AM PROUD TO REPORT TO YOU THAT WE HAVE RECORDED 88.32% INCREASE IN SCHOLARSHIP ALLOCATION IN AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-RELATED COURSES.

THERE IS SO MUCH HOPE IN AGRICULTURE.  THE POPULARITY AND PROGRESS IN MINI-ORGANIC FARMING HAVE BEEN TAKING OFF.  IN LESS THAN A YEAR, WE ARE NOW SEEING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR VERY OWN MINI-ORGANIC FARMS LOCATED AT TESDA’S OFFICES AND TRAINING CENTERS NATIONWIDE. 

WE HAVE ALSO MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SCHOLARSHIP ALLOCATIONS OF TTIs.  IT HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED TO 163% THIS YEAR WHEN COMPARED TO THE ALLOCATIONS IT RECEIVED IN 2018.  THIS IS PART OF MY PRIORITY THRUSTS TO SUPPORT AND STRENGTHEN OUR OWN TTIs.  WE HAVE STARTED AND WE WILL CONTINUE UPGRADING THE FACILITIES OF ALL EXISTING TTIs.

FURTHER, THE NATIONAL TVET TRAINERS ACADEMY IS AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT OF OUR TRAINING INSTITUTIONS.  SO I HAVE DIRECTED FOR ITS URGENT AND IMMEDIATE REHABILITATION AND UPGRADE.  TO DATE, WE HAVE ALREADY RENOVATED AND CONTINUE TO REFURBISH SEVERAL ROOMS AND FACILITIES OF THE NTTA, INCLUDING THE TRAINERS’ HALL, SESSION ROOMS, KITCHEN, DORMITORY AND THE WORKSHOPS, AMONG OTHERS.

SINCE NOVEMBER 2018, THE NTTA HAD CONDUCTED MORE THAN 20 TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR ABOUT 1,200 PARTICIPANTS.  THESE WERE EXECUTIVE, SUPERVISORY, TEACHING AND NON-TEACHING PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT COURSES AND PROGRAMS.

WE ARE ALSO PRIORITIZING TESDA TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTIONS IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP SLOTS.  IN 2018, ONLY 95 OF TESDA ADMINISTERED SCHOOLS WERE GIVEN SCHOLARSHIP SLOTS, WHILE IN 2019 THIS INCREASED TO 132 INSTITUTIONS.  THIS YEAR, WE INCREASED THE ALLOCATION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO PUBLIC TVET INSTITUTIONS BY ABOUT 163%, WITH TESDA INSTITUTIONS RECEIVING MORE THAN PHP 280M IN TWSP FUNDS.

TO REVITALIZE TESDA’S INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY IS ALSO A PRIORITY UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION. I HAVE PLACED VARIOUS MECHANISMS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE CREDIBILITY IN THE AGENCY’S ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING DELIVERY. THE COMPLIANCE OF ALL TECH-VOC INSTITUTIONS, ASSESSORS, ASSESSMENT CENTERS, INCLUDING TESDA EMPLOYEES, TO THE STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS OF THE AUTHORITY MUST BE SAFEGUARDED IN THE SAME WAY THAT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ANY WAYWARD ACTIONS MUST BE UPHELD.

HENCE, I ORDERED THE STRENGTHENING OF THE NATIONAL INSPECTORATE FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS (NISP) AND THE CREATION OF THE INTERIM INTERNAL AFFAIRS SERVICE (IAAS).

TO BETTER APPRECIATE WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THE FIELD, I HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY VISITING REGIONAL, PROVINCIAL, AND DISTRICT OFFICES, AND INSTITUTIONS. FOR ONE YEAR, I WAS ABLE TO VISIT ALL THE 17 REGIONAL OFFICES, 43 PROVINCIAL OFFICES, AND 64 TTIs.

I HAVE ALSO DIRECTED THE CONDUCT OF WEEKLY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING, MONTHLY NATIONAL DIRECTORATE CONFERENCE, QUARTERLY PROVINCIAL DIRECTORS CONFERENCE, QUARTERLY ADMINISTRATORS CONFERENCE AND SEMESTRAL GENERAL DIRECTORS CONFERENCE. I HAVE INSTITUTED THESE ACTIVITIES SO WE CAN QUICKLY ACT ON ISSUES AND CONCERNS THAT PERTAIN TO OUR MANDATE, POLICIES, DIRECTIONS, AND OPERATIONS. I WANT US TO MOVE AS A SINGLE, WELL-COORDINATED UNIT, WITH EVERY LAST MAN AND WOMAN FULLY AWARE OF WHAT MUST BE DONE AND HOW IT WILL BE DONE. 

AS PART OF OUR INNOVATIONS, I AM HAPPY THAT WE HAVE COME UP WITH 911TESDA. AFTER LAUNCHING THE SERVICE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, WE NOW HAVE 9 DIGITAL/ONLINE SERVICE PLATFORMS AS PARTNERS, OFFERING 76 SERVICES.  THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 10,189 USERS SERVICING METRO MANILA, BATANGAS, CAVITE, LAGUNA, RIZAL, BULACAN AND PALAYAN IN NUEVA ECIJA.

AS TESDA’S POPULARITY IS GROWING IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, DUE TO OUR VERY SUCCESSFUL OVERSEAS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM, WE HAVE ALSO STARTED REGISTERING THE PROGRAMS OF TVET PROVIDERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES.  LAST JULY, THE POWER TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTER IN DUBAI, BECAME THE FIRST TVI ABROAD TO RECEIVE TESDA CERTIFICATES OF PROGRAM REGISTRATION.

SO FAR WE HAVE RECEIVED THE APPLICATIONS OF 5 TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS BASED IN THE U.A.E., SINGAPORE, AND MALAYSIA FOR 28 TRAINING PROGRAMS.

IN THE AREA OF GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS, WE ARE ALSO GAINING AHEAD. DURING THE WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION IN KAZAN, THE PHILIPPINES HAVE BEEN RANKED NUMBER 33 OUT OF 63 COUNTRIES. 

WE HAVE ALSO MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM, PROGRAM REGISTRATION AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT.  BEFORE, THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS TOOK 14 WORKING DAYS, FROM THE TIME AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED TO THE ISSUANCE OF A NATIONAL CERTIFICATE.  NOW IT ONLY TAKES 7 DAYS.

BEFORE, IT TOOK 11 DAYS FOR A TVET PROGRAM TO BE REGISTERED.  NOW, FROM THE REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF PROGRAM REGISTRATION APPLICATION DOCUMENTS TO THE APPROVAL OF PROGRAM REGISTRATION APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF PROGRAM REGISTRATION, IT TAKES ONLY 3 DAYS.

FINALLY, WITH REGARD TO OUR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVES, SINCE I TOOK OVER, WE HAVE ALREADY PROMOTED AND HIRED 631 EMPLOYEES, 209 OF THESE ARE IN TEACHING POSITIONS.  WE PRIORITIZED OUR JOB ORDER, CONTRACTUAL AND CASUAL PERSONNEL, AND APPOINTED 244 OF THEM TO PERMANENT POSITIONS.

FOR 2018 AND 2019, TESDA REQUESTED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 165 PLANTILLA POSITIONS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT.  THESE HAVE ALL BEEN APPROVED AND ARE ALMOST FILLED UP.  FURTHER, FOR 2020, TESDA HAS REQUESTED FOR ANOTHER 996 PLANTILLA POSITIONS, AROUND 75% OF THESE WILL BE FOR THE PROVINCIAL OFFICES.

TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND UNTIRING SERVICES TO TESDA, WE HAVE BEEN HONORING OUR RETIREES.  PART OF THE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT WE EXTEND TO OUR RETIREES IS TO FAST TRACK THE RELEASE OF THEIR RETIREMENT PAY, PENSIONS, GRATUITIES AND OTHER BENEFITS.  WE ALSO CONDUCT A SEMINAR THAT WILL HELP THEM APPRECIATE THEIR OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONS AFTER LEAVING THE ORGANIZATION.  TO DATE, MORE THAN 40 NEWLY RETIRED AND SOON-TO-RETIRE PERSONNEL HAVE ATTENDED THIS 2-DAY TRAINING PROGRAM.

SINO DITO ANG MADALAS SUMAKAY SA LIBRENG SERVICE PAPUNTANG FTI O PASAY ROTONDA?  NAKAKATULONG BA SA INYO ANG MGA YAN?  I HOPE THAT THESE GESTURES HAVE MADE YOUR LIVES JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE COMFORTABLE AND YOUR WORKDAY MORE ENJOYABLE.

ALL THESE ARE DONE BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE IN THE SERVICE, AND I KNOW THAT A WORKFORCE THAT IS HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT WILL BE ABLE TO DELIVER THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS.

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MILESTONES WE HAVE ACHIEVED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS. 

THANK YOU TO THE OFFICERS, MEN, AND WOMEN OF TESDA, WHO HAVE EXTENDED THEIR SUPPORT AND COOPERATION, IN MY DESIRE TO ADVANCE THIS INSTITUTION, THE TVET SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY, AND MOST OF ALL, TO SIMPLY SERVE OUR KABABAYAN WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED AND DESERVE.  

AS I HAVE SAID IN MY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH LAST YEAR, NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND.

MARAMING SALAMAT AT MABUHAY ANG TESDA

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